As Long as It's Fun: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey

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To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows. They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to ...
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To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows. They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they've demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it's affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising-of taking your own floating home anywhere-has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they'd learned across multiple media. Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they? In As Long as It's Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career-from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments. As Long as It's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it's not without complications . . . which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.
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I'm a sailor, I've read all their books, I thought I knew most of it. But Herb McCormick's story of the extraordinary life of Lin and Larry Pardey blew me far away. While inhabiting our world, the Pardeys discovered another one for themselves that may be the stuff of all our dreams, but is beyond the grasp of most of us. They told us that we could get there ourselves by doing as they did, but the Pardeys are hard-working, Houdini-calibre escapologists from the world the rest of us have lived in. This is in fact the rarest of tales, a story of the life two people lived that is as fabulous as the Arabian Nights, as Stanley in Africa, as any exploration of the Right Stuff in Space—That's one part of this book. The other is the Pardey's singularly qualified biographer. Herb McCormick has written professionally about the sea and cruising sailors for forty years; he has sailed the globe from Polar icecap to Cape Horn, in every kind of boat and weather. No one—not even the Pardeys—could frame this story as clearly and contextually as Herb McCormick has in this magnificent book. This is a life story to set alongside Slocum, Scott, Amundsen, Lindberg, or Odysseus. — Peter Nichols, author of international bestsellers, Evolution's Captain and A Voyage for Madmen

&'grave;Every story needs a storyteller. The fascinating tale of Lin and Larry Pardey stretches across nearly half a century and touches much of the earth and its oceans, shared lives pulsing with adventure, creativity and passion. Herb McCormick navigates the Pardeys' sprawling journey like one of their own cutters skimming along the surface of a calm sea. They lived in many worlds and McCormick's prose slips seamlessly among them, whether describing the complexities of boat construction, the breathtaking beauty and harrowing danger of global navigation or the economics of life on the fly. Lin and Larry thrived in an esoteric life of their own making; McCormick is a genial and informed guide with an insider's knowledge and a poet's voice. In his hands, their journey is ours.'' — Tim Layden, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Lin and Larry have always inspired me. Their mix of supreme seamanship, respect for the sea, and deep humility is recipe for successful cruising. In the hands of Herb McCormick, the Pardeys are revealed not just as sailing icons but as people, as husband and wife with frailties, fears and concerns just like the rest of us. This biography of one of cruising's great couples is destined to be a classic. — John Kretschmer, author of Sailing A Serious Ocean. At The Mercy of the Sea, Flirting With Mermaids, Cape Horn to Starboard

Long before Lin and Larry encouraged us to keep cruising As Long as it's Fun, they exhorted us to unshackle our landlubberly chains and Go Simple, Go Small, Go Now. Four decades, many books and oceans later, the minimalist adventurers chose master storyteller Herb McCormick to bring their story home, which he has done superbly—from childhood memories to burying the anchor in New Zealand. Serious sailors will learn things valuable about voyaging under sail—and about life. — Dan Spurr, author of Steered by the Falling Stars, River of Forgotten Days

Opening at an anxious moment in Taleisin near Cape Horn, Herb McCormick insightfully and vividly tells the fascinating story of the active lives and always challenging times of the most famous couple afloat. He makes clear not only how but why, after more than 170,000 miles of voyaging in wooden boats, the Pardeys remain as colorful, controversial, and influential as ever.. — —John Rousmaniere, author, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, etc

Sports Illustrated - Tim Layden
Every story needs a storyteller. The fascinating tale of Lin and Larry Pardey stretches across nearly half a century and touches much of the earth and its oceans, shared lives pulsing with adventure, creativity and passion. Herb McCormick navigates the Pardeys’ sprawling journey like one of their own cutters skimming along the surface of a calm sea.
goodreads.com - Austin Scott Collins
Herb McCormick has done a remarkable job with this double biography. I went in with a normal healthy dose of skepticism, expecting it might turn out to be a typical “buddy bio,” where the author has a friendly agenda and sings the praises of his old pals, glossing over the defects in the wood. I was immediately impressed, however, when he did two things that I really respect in storytelling: first, he opened in medias res with a real collar-grabber.
TheBoatGalley.com - Carolyn Shearlock
The sub-title of this great book says it all: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey. It’s written by Herb McCormick, the former editor-in-chief of Cruising World and a long distance cruiser himself. I feel sort of connected both to the Pardeys – Lin and I have gotten to know each other over the last few years and she even provided a “cover quote” for The Boat Galley Cookbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929214983
  • Publisher: Pardey Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 70,707
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine, yachting correspondent for The New York Times, McCormick received the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Directors Award and the BoatUS Monk Farnham Award for Editorial Excellence.Herb has earned numerous first-place prizes in Boating Writers International's annual competition and is author of three books including Gone to the Sea, and One Island, One Ocean - Around the Americas expedition via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn.
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